LULJETTA’S HANGING GARDENS AND SPA
Ambiance? Check. Polite Staff? Check. Budget? Check. Food? Check. IG Worthy sceneries? Double check.
Just approximately 2 hours away from Manila, you can take an FX from EDSA Shaw or Cubao going to Antipolo and then alight to Antipolo Church (Php 70). After that, take a tricycle (don’t forget to use your haggling skills – we were able to barter our way from Php 85 to Php 70!) directly to the resort.
It was 2017 when I last visited there, so I’m not sure if the rates are still the same, but I remember that daytours per person are Php 1150 (5 hours). Reservations are highly recommended, as the resort tend to be fully booked most of the time and that time they are requiring me to make 50% downpayment. However, due to time constraint (and my hectic schedule), I wasn’t able to make downpayment, hence, i took the risk and went via walk-in basis. For updated rates in their FB Page, click here.
Fortunately, we were allowed entry despite not having prior reservation. I guess because it is still early (we arrived 10 minutes past their opening hours) and it seems we were the first guests. Plus, it is a weekday. (So much for being a resigned employee that time 😅)
They have different pools to choose from to rejuvenate and refreshen your bodies from the toxicities of the hustle and bustle of city — but my most favorite is the one that is overlooking the mountains. Aside from being picture perfect, the scenery just screams the rural landscape captured below.
There is also a small jacuzzi for people to soothe their muscle joints and improve the circulation of their blood by submerging their body in the warm bubbly water. It is said also to improve the health a lot, that is why I came back to this spot at least twice.
And speaking of stress – relieving, this resort also boasts of Fish Pond and spa massage huts stationed inside the resort. Needless to say, Luljetta’s definitely engages to aim customer’s satisfaction literally from head to toe.
I can definitely say that the fish at this fish pond did their magic in here as they totally targeted the dead skin cells on my foot (as you can see in the picture). A ticklish experience, and there are still many fish in the pond despite if people are already compiling.
While at the fish pond, I also commend Luljetta’s complimentary Cucumber water jugs stationed randomly inside the huts. It was very refreshing especially during the hot summer day. I find it very thoughtful that the Management put it there for customers for free, especially for scorching hot summer days and when the cafeteria or concierge is very far from the pools — some pools are a number of stairs away as a matter-of-fact from the main lobby.
Aside from the cucumber water, I will never forget the taste of Luljetta’s suman sa latik. It was included in our paid daytour rate, and my tastebuds really craved another serving. Soft and creamy texture of glutinous rice cake served with generous amount of sweet latik topped with sliced mangoes, the taste was heaven to the buds. It is also served with their house blend iced tea.
There are also other pools and areas which are very instagrammable as well:
Aside from daytour and overnight reservations, Luljetta’s is also accepting prenuptial pictorials. For more details, please visit their official website.
PINTO ART AND MUSEUM
If you are coming from the resort and wishes to take a look in this famous museum in the north, then worry no more as it is only a 15 minute tricycle ride from Luljetta’s. With only Php200/- entrance fee**, you can explore the entireties of the museum. Refer here for a detailed version of the museum map:
**Entrance fee varies: Updated as of 2019
Php200 – Regular
Php 180 – Senior Citizens
Php 100 – Students (must present Valid Id)
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm (Tuesdays to Sundays)
Beginning only from a collection of few pieces since 1990s, renowned Filipino neurologist Joven Cuanang began to publicly show his collections during 2010 by opening the Pinto Art Museum.
The interior of the museum is very elegant, and the paintings are wonderful. However, I can say that the exterior of the museum are still lacking; maybe during the time of my visit it is still undergoing some maintenance or renovation outside. Nevertheless, I can say that the artistic pieces somewhat amazed me and made me feel like I was somewhere in Parisian setting.
I hope that when I come back, the exterior of the Pinto Art Museum will be much more improved. When I was there, there were also a lot of areas which were out of bounds or closed (to my dismay).
There were also little, cozy cafes situated outside for relaxation and socialization. The museum also prides itself with floras and local birds, such as this majestic looking peacock below.
The museum is huge and is to be explored in every nook and cranny by art enthusiasts without haste. Read all the details of the artworks and pieces, and absorb information while you can especially if you are not in a hurry.
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Museum Page: http://pintoart.org/museum